It is that time of year again..
Alpe D’Huez is a resort based between 1250 / 3330meters. In the central French Western Alps, and forms part of the Isère region of Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes.. and was year’s location for our 1st Snowboarding trip of 2018.
I’ll start off by saying, I really do love France so I’ve always wanted to hit the mountain in winter.. plus following our trip to Morzine last summer.. my mind was made up.
Now we had booked this trip before the MAMMOTH snowfall across Europe. We booked with Crystal Ski and got a great deal in the Bergers area of Alpe D’Huez, a board in board out location right next to the base lifts. Hotel Les Bergers was a decent Hotel, half board with excellent food. The location was the key point but I’d recommend staying here. We paid £800 each which included flights, transfer, lift pass and a half board hotel. Not too bad at all!
Let’s talk about the Mountain.. It’s huge. No, it’s on an epic scale. Considering this is a local lift pass.. I’ve been to resorts with an Area Lift pass which are smaller!
- 131 Pistes
- 250km/155miles of Piste
- Highest point 3330m
- 41 Greens, 34 Blues, 40 Reds, 16 Blacks
- 2 Snow Parks
- 84 lifts (Gondola, Chair, Pomas, Cable Cars)
- Cross Country Skiing (if that’s your thing) 50km
Obviously the first thing we did was go straight to the very top of Pic Blanc, 3330m.
The route down from Pic Blanc is via the famous Sarenne, a 16km Black Run. One of the world’s largest. Some would say it isn’t a true black as there are parts which become flat between cross overs but it’s pretty challenging as it can be icy and very narrow.
We hit as much of the mountain as we could. It’s near on impossible to cover every piste/untracked in 6 days but we tried. Mornings are best suited to the Signal de L’Homme over towards Auris en Oisans – grab the Alpauris chairlift. We had some much pow and some of the best of it was here.
Obviously we got to Alpe D’Huez in one of the worst snowfalls in the past 20 years. So most days were spent in low light, be prepared for such as some of the mountain when in the shade is difficult to ride. We opted for Oakley Prizm lenses which made things a lot easier..
Best runs on the mountain?
- Chateau Noir
- Combe Charbonnaire
- Olympique (some excellent pow to be had through the pistes)
- Col du Cluy
- Les Vermettes
- Pré Rond (Yep a blue with mega Pow because of it’s position on the mountain
- Chamois (excellent under the gondola)
To be honest I could have listed all the Red and Black runs, the resort was decent all round!
We did have some bluebird days.. Only 1.. maybe 1 and a half. Due to the stormy weather.. but when you get this much snow.. It’s worth it..
All in all I would come back to Alpe D’Huez. A vast resort, immense snow and beautiful views in every direction.
Some of my favourite shots from the week;
If your hitting the mountain here or have any questions about Alpe D’Huez please get in touch!
As ever all my shots are with GoPro Hero 6 and a couple even shot with my Samsung S8.. epic camera for a Mobile Phone!